Author Archives: Henry Vann

Question: Big or small government? Answer: effective

One prominent member of Liberal Youth hits the nail on the head when she says ‘ frankly sick of all this I’m a social liberal so I’m a better Lib Demno it’s Orange Bookers that are real Lib Dems… we’re in the same party ffs.’

And the contrasting Economist correspondent missed the target by a mile when he wrote – following our last conference – that ‘the Liberal Democrats are still in denial about their innate dividedness.’

You see according to this correspondent – quoted again in The Week – he has had a brilliant insight: ‘You cannot be both for, and against, the Big State.’ But whilst his truism is logically …

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Opinion: a worse government

What would a minority Conservative government look like?

It is now widely accepted, by Jack Straw among many others, that a coalition between Labour and the Liberal Democrats would, sadly, have been unworkable.

The numbers didn’t add up, we suffered real difficulty – whichever account you believe – negotiating with Labour, and there was the ever-present threat of nationalist lobbying.

So the alternative was a Conservative minority government.

And what would this government have been able to pass through parliament with the support of the next biggest party Labour? What policies would be implemented by a minority Conservative government with Labour’s blessing?

Academies. This is …

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  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 26th Jul - 2:19am
    Mick , is correct, this surprise at daft ideas in a democratic party, is more daft than the , yes, very daft ideas ! David...
  • User AvatarMick Taylor 26th Jul - 1:55am
    Hang on a minute. One or two people in our party have odd views, far from the party mainstream and suddenly they're LibDem policy? Hywel,...
  • User AvatarEd Shepherd 26th Jul - 1:17am
    Thatcherite entryists? ID cards? National service? The Lib Dem Party is circling the drain. When he hears about it, Jeremy Corbyn will be laughing his...
  • User AvatarEd Shepherd 26th Jul - 1:11am
    Compulsion to do kind of work always fails. Years of leading volunteers has taught me that let alone the lessons of history. And given 'choice'...
  • User AvatarTorrin Wilkins 26th Jul - 12:55am
    Hywel: I think its jumping to conclusions that because I had him as a friend on Facebook I also looked at all of his posts....
  • User AvatarMichael BG 26th Jul - 12:30am
    @ Ed Shepherd The range of jobs in William Wallace’s “national service” most likely is not wide enough. I would hope people would be able...